I want to buy a high-end notation program and am pondering whether to buy Sibelius or Finale. I had made up my mind to buy Finale after reading composer Jeffery Cotton's scathing critique and comparison of Finale and Sibelius, which gives a huge nod to Finale. It is available online at:
BUT---I downloaded the demo version of Finale and the fonts didn't work. My display had a staff with garbage letters everywhere. The fonts were installed properly, but they didn't show up in any font menus (including Finale's) or font managers. After struggling for two hours I gave up.
Then I downloaded the demo version of Sibelius Professional 4 and wow! What a difference. First of all, there were four very professional, informative videos introducing the main functions of Sibelius, then I was able to display the quick start files effortlessly, make all kinds of edits using a very transparent interface, import MIDI, print out a score, and just about everything else one would want to do, including playing my MIDI files.
I am very disposed to buy Sibelius now after this positive experience. But before I do, I was wondering if there is any advantage in terms of GPO compatibility with Sibelius or Finale? I know that Finale is now bundling GPO instruments with their latest version, which means they have good taste at least, but if their promotional demo is such an impossible mess, I am bit reluctant to spring for the full version. Any suggestions would be welcome.